Thursday, February 12, 2015

Bud Powell - Jazz Giant

Faced with the choice of any single Bud Powell date to aptly represent his intense musical genius, choosing Jazz Giant would not be a bad bet. Culled from two sessions (spring 1949 and winter 1950) this Verve release showcases the master of bebop piano leading a trio -- a setting in which he excelled. With impeccable support from bassist Ray Brown and drummer Max Roach, (substitute Curly Russell for Brown on the later date), an inspired Powell roars through a varied selection of original tunes and standards. In the category of brisk burners, we get one of his best-known compositions, the ebullient "Tempus Fugit." Ray Noble's "Cherokee," Harold Arlen's "Get Happy," and the ever-popular "Sweet Georgia Brown" are all taken at almost the same exhilarating clip. Powell's improvised lines at these breakneck tempos are marvelously clear and clever; take note of the Benny Harris' "Reets and I" melody which Powell quotes during his solo statement on "All God's Chillun Got Rhythm." Foreshadowing his less torrential later work is the soulful, buoyant, and supremely swinging "Strictly Confidential," which displays Powell's early and expert use of block chords to state the theme. Bud Powell's romantic and reflective side is in evidence on the medium tempo ballad "Celia" (written for his daughter) as well as on two unaccompanied solo piano tracks. Of these, Powell's haunting composition "I'll Keep Loving You" is outstanding; the subtle tension in his chord voicings, his effective use of contrast, and the consistent lack of clichés would later inform and inspire Bill Evans' solo piano concept. Powell's more florid, stride-inflected reading of Jerome Kern's "Yesterdays" is directly inspired by Art Tatum. Overall Jazz Giant (and the earlier session with Ray Brown, in particular) represents the best of Powell's Verve recordings. Highly recommended !
Lee Bloom

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Bud Powell
Jazz Giant


1 Tempus Fugue-It (Tempus Fugit) (Powell)  2:29
2 Celia (Powell)  3:01
3 Cherokee (Noble)  3:39
4 I'll Keep Loving You (Powell)  2:43
5 Strictly Confidential (Powell)  3:10
6 All God's Chillun Got Rhythm (Jurman, Kahn, Kaper)  3:02
7 So Sorry, Please (Powell)  3:18
8 Get Happy (Arlen, Koehler)  2:55
9 Sometimes I'm Happy (Caesar, Grey, Robin, Youmans)  3:40
10 Sweet Georgia Brown (Bernie, Casey, Pinkard)  2:51
11 Yesterdays (Harbach, Kern)  2:53
12 April in Paris (Duke, Harburg) 3:12
13 Body and Soul (Eyton, Green, Heyman, Sour)  3:21


[# 1-6]
Bud Powell - p
Ray Brown - b
Max Roach - dr
On track 4 : omit Brown & Roach
Recorded at Reeves Sound Studio, New York City ; February 23, 1949
[# 7-13]
Bud Powell - p
Curley Russell - b
Max Roach - dr
On track 11 : omit Russell & Roach
Recorded in New York City ; February, 1950


The Jackal said...

Fantastic thanks Mel

happy said...

Wow, this is great!

swamielmo said...

great stuff, thanks again melanchthon

PlantDoctor53 said...

Yes! Thank you!

theblueamos said...

thank you so much from jerusalem

theblueamos said...

after listening to bud I have to thank you again!I forgot how wonderful this cd is al the best

Ric said...

Cher Mel, on pourrait - tout comme dans les vieux heureux moments - ne pas se limiter a l'utilisation monopolistique, et "impossible", de RapidShare?


johnp said...

Many thanks!

Ric said...

Excellente solution, Mel, mais en toute franchise je n'envisageais pas de m'arreter a Bud...
Mes remerciements

Ensnry said...

I've loved this CD from a while and it's Bud and it's finest. Everytrack is a masterpiece worth checking not only for fans of jazz, music or art. It's a bible on human expression and suffering.

es125 said...

THanks for the Bud Powell, great stuff.

jamin_jamal said...

Thank you very much.

TEO said...

Thanks very very much Mel!!!
For me this is the best album of Bud Powell!!!

fcapeau said...

As well, anything from Bud is precious, specially these 49/50 trio sessions, when these men built History

Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

Thank you.

kristophermc28 said...

Cool! Thanks Mel.

AmyBRAINS said...

It's really the Bud Powell's best!!
Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

chuchuni said...

Thanks, Mel.